WELCOME TO THE SPENCER CLINIC OF TRICHOLOGY


located directly opposite South Kensington tube station

The Spencer Clinic of Trichology is a very warm, friendly, comfortable and experienced practice. We are one of the longest established clinics in Europe.

For many years, our clinic has offered men, women and children, a comprehensive and structured procedure with rewarding and successful results. This includes an intensive and informative consultation, accurate diagnosis and, when necessary, a short programme of external stimulative therapy for all complaints related to male and female hair fall, scalp problems and hair condition in accordance with the highest trichological ethics. Simply click on any of the above headers that may relate to your query for more information.

Besides being experts in European & Asian hair types, we are also the highest authority in Afro-Caribbean hair and scalp problems in Europe. Our knowledge and experience are unmatched. We are able to diagnose and treat most problems associated with Afro hair and scalp and perform safe and healthy black hairdressing or ‘care-dressing’, as we prefer to call it. We are rated one of the top 5 clinics in Black Beauty & hair magazine.

 

ETHICAL & REGISTERED

We are qualified and registered members of  The Institute of Trichologists, and adhere strictly within its code of ethics and practice guidelines.

This endorsement guarantees the highest expertise and professionalism from our trichologists in diagnosis and treatment for all types of hair fall, hair loss, scalp complaint and hair condition problems.

We specialise in the treatment of all complaints associated with European, Afro-Caribbean and Asian hair types. We pride ourselves in the excellence of our therapy for two main reasons. Firstly, due to our long track record, we are able to either completely cure or, at the very least, greatly improve most problems and complaints we are presented with. Secondly, the relaxing, invigorating therapeutic treatments are  beneficial to the overall health of the hair and scalp. As trichologists, we are continually revisited by patients who not only have a need, but a want, allowing us a real sense of achievement in our work.

Trichology began over a hundred years ago. It relates to the science and study of the hair and scalp. Trichology is a specialised profession concerned with the examination, diagnosis and external treatment of complaints or conditions related specifically to the hair and scalp.

Some complaints may require specific medical attention. These patients would be referred to a GP or other medical specialist.

We are able to offer a deep, stimulative, yet relaxing external therapy to begin the process of improving a complaint. There are those who frequent our clinic whom are free of a specific problem, but wish to simply indulge in our treatments and enjoy a complete feel and look of total hair and scalp health.

A trichologist should:

• be able to recognise any hair or scalp complaint, regardless whether or not treatable
• be a fully qualified consultant
• be a registered member of the Institute of Trichologists
• be able to offer in-house therapy and home care help

To practise as a qualified consultant, a trichologist must complete 3-4 years of intensive study, via the Institute of Trichologists, incorporating subjects including chemistry ( organic & inorganic), physics, biology, anatomy & physiology, pharmacy, material medica, microscopy etc.

If you would like to know more about a specific complaint, simply view ‘TYPES OF HAIR LOSS’ below.

Types of hair loss

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    FEMALE HAIR FALL/LOSS

    Call today :020 7584 4255 Also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss Syndrome. This condition has become somewhat more prevalent o...

    FEMALE HAIR FALL/LOSS

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    Also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss Syndrome.

    This condition has become somewhat more prevalent over recent years in women. and a very common and familiar complaint these days here at ‘The Spencer Clinic’. We take careful note of the longevity of the complaint so as to not confuse it with other types of hair fall problems that can result in a similar pattern of hair loss.

    The pattern of hair loss can be variable. It can cause thinning of the top frontal area only, or the whole top area only, or over the majority of the scalp, falling gradually or dramatically, depending on the severity of the case.

    Female pattern hair loss is more likely to be noticed in women as early as their late teens to as late as their mid-seventies. The onset of the complaint can be caused by genetics (female side), hormonal imbalances or deficiencies, menstrual problems, oral contraception, pregnancy, menopause etc. Similarly to men, hair can either fall out rapidly or gradually depending on the severity of the imbalance.

    Naturally, women have high levels of female hormones and low levels of male hormones. For whatever reason, when these levels become imbalanced, the result can often be hair fall. If these imbalances do not recover naturally, and are not confronted and dealt with trichologically and medically, then the resultant hair fall may well persist.

    Besides trichological stimulative treatment, a trichologist should also be able to recommend a blood test to analyse specific male and female hormonal levels as well as other hormones connected to hair loss.

    Unlike men, women can, if necessary, be prescribed hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) to help restore the balance. This would necessitate oral prescriptions of oestrogen or/ and progesterone. Doctors do vary in their approach to HRT so please do be aware of what you are prescribed, and always ask for blood test updates every three months in case the dosage or prescription needs to be changed.

    In the mean time, if you are under trichological supervision, progress will be carefully monitored. It is also worth mentioning that some women who are advised by their GP to begin HRT for whatever reason, after a while, can actually begin to lose hair!! So ladies, please be mindful.

    This condition is certainly treatable. However, hair follicles, the ducts in the skin from which hair grows, can easily degenerate and die from this complaint so please do seek help sooner rather than later, preferably from a registered trichologist, as your GP may not be quite as understanding, sympathetic or able to help effectively.

    If you feel you may suffer with female pattern hair loss and wish to find out more about how The Spencer Clinic can help you, simply call us today on 020 7584 4255 or get a Free Online Diagnosis.

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    GENETIC MALE HAIR LOSS

    Call today :020 7584 4255 Also known as Male Pattern Hair Loss Syndrome or Androgenetic Alopecia. This is visually the most ...

    GENETIC MALE HAIR LOSS

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    Also known as Male Pattern Hair Loss Syndrome or Androgenetic Alopecia.

    This is visually the most variable complaint. It begins as diffuse, or thinning hair loss and can manifest into baldness as far as the lower sides and back of the head. The hair can fall rapidly, showing signs of thinning over a short period of time, or it can fall gradually, almost unnoticeably, over a prolonged period, until a thinner area is noticed.

    Male pattern baldness is the most common hair loss complaint. It is mostly, as the name suggests, a genetically determined condition affecting over 50% of the male population. It can begin as early as 16 years of age or as late as 60 or 70.

    Very few men get past this age with a full head of hair. Luck and genetical predisposition play the main role in this instance.

    WHY ME?

    Put as simply as possible, hair grows from an indentation in the skin called a follicle. It would appear that the follicles on the top areas of the scalp are more receptive to the male androgen hormone. The more androgens allowed to circulate in the blood, the weaker these particular follicles become until eventually, they completely dissolve.

    When hair follicles completely degenerate, regrowth is impossible, as the follicle no longer exists.

    Genetics will predetermine not so much the levels of testosterone produced by the body, but the levels of production of a certain protein that helps to contain and control the level of testosterone in the blood. Rapid hair fall can occur when a certain enzyme produced by the body causes a more potent male hormone to metabolise. Due to strict regulations, we are not permitted to write the name of the hormone. The only way to inform you is to write testosterone and ask you to put the word dihydro in front.

    A consultation with a fully qualified trichologist, backed by the Institute of Trichologists, would allow a better understanding of this rather complicated condition.

    Male Pattern hair loss is not, as yet, a curable complaint. The intensity of the levels of the protein and enzyme previously mentioned will determine whether the hair will fall prolifically, moderately or gradually. Stimulative treatments (allowing a more excessive blood supply by vaso-dilation) can help to contain, control and minimise the progression of male pattern baldness. The speed of hair fall can be greatly reduced and regrowth can easily occur. Remember, degenerated hair follicles do not replace themselves naturally. Therefore, the sooner a condition is addressed, the greater the improvement.

    Trichology treats the condition, not the cause, and it is important to have the cause carefully explained to you with logic, common sense and no nonsense.

    Over the past 15 years The Spencer Clinic has developed a close and trusting relationship some top hair transplant surgeons in Harley Street and is able to give indepth confidential consultation and advice to patients persuing this type of procedure.

    More recently, the methods involved in hair transplantation have vastly improved. The introduction of the Singular Hair Implantation technique or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) has created the opportunity to achieve extensive and undetectable results.

    CAUTION

    Apart from hair transplants and hair restoration, be mindful of some adverts by “hair therapy experts” showing “before” and “after” photos. Also worth knowing, a ‘Free Consultation’ can often lead to an expensive visit via a salesperson. So do take care.

    If you feel you may be suffering with the above complaint and wish to find out more about how The Spencer Clinic can help you, simply call us today on 020 7584 4255 or get a Free Online Diagnosis

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    OTHER HAIR LOSS

    Call today :020 7584 4255 Diffuse Hair Fall In Women Aside from female pattern hair loss, women’s hair can also become diffu...

    OTHER HAIR LOSS

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    Diffuse Hair Fall In Women

    Aside from female pattern hair loss, women’s hair can also become diffuse or thinner for other reasons. These would include iron deficiencies, thyroid imbalances, polycystic ovaries, anxiety, depression etc. Any of these symptoms can cause an increased rate of hair fall over the whole scalp and subsequently lead to thinning of the hair.

    It is therefore extremely important to seek help from a registered trichologist in order that a thorough consultation is completed, the correct diagnosis made, treatment started and the necessary blood tests advised.

    Remember, less can be achieved the longer the condition is allowed to continue unaided.
    ALOPECIA AREATA

    This condition features as oval or round bald patches on the scalp and/or beard. There may be one or more patches. A patch can get bigger and encroach on another patch, creating an even larger bald area. There are three stages to this complaint.

    A patch first appears completely bald, slightly pale and smooth with a soft, pliable feel to it.

    The second stage is for the weakened follicles within a patch to produce a short, stubbly “sick” hair that does not usually grow to more than ½ cm in length. It is a weak and badly formed hair being thin at the root and thicker at the tip. These hairs are known as “exclamation mark” hairs. The patch can still expand during this period.

    In the third stage, these exclamation hairs should fall out and normal regrowth should begin to take place. New hair can either grow back with colour, or begin white before resuming with colour or begin white and stay white (quite rare).

    Some people may only suffer for a few months from start to end, but others can be unfortunate and have problems for a year or more.

    Essentially, this is an autoimmune disorder with enzymatical changes taking place mainly due to nervous system upset of one form or another. This causes the body’s defence mechanism to attack the hair. The onset of Alopecia Areata can occur within days of the changes to the nervous system, or take longer.

    In my experience, nearly all the patients I have consulted with this condition have suffered some form of shock or trauma.

    This type of hair loss is treatable with one usually attaining full regrowth as the follicles only become dormant but not dead. Although regrowth times do vary from one person to another, and there are never any guarantees, one can certainly be optimistic.
    ALOPECIA TOTALIS

    This is a worse complaint than areata although occurring for the same reasons. Large bald patches can form on the scalp, continually joining eachother until total scalp baldness takes place. It is quite common to also suffer loss of eyebrows, eyelashes and facial hair (if any ie beard). Basically, total loss of hair above the neck.

    This is a difficult condition to cure and can take along time for improvements to show, if any.
    ALOPECIA UNIVERSALIS

    This condition speaks for itself – being the total loss of all scalp and body hair. Again, occurring for the same reasons as before, totalis and universalis require more medical attention than a trichologist can offer (steroids). Results with these two complaints are minimal, if any, due to follicular degeneration.
    THE CICATRICIAL ALOPECIAS

    This section deals with hair loss caused by natural or traumatic scarring. This can be due to either the atrophy, or demise of the hair follicles resulting from a degeneration of the skin tissue in affected areas or severe mechanical and/or chemical abuse.
    NATURAL SCARRING

    There are two main types of cicatricial, or natural scarring alopecia. They are known as PSEUDOPELADE and FOLLICULITIS DECALVANS. These conditions usually affect women over the age of 40. They occur, it would appear, for similar reasons – a natural scarring which slowly progresses causing baldness in affected areas, destroying skin tissue and hair follicles alike.

    The cause, to our continual frustration, is still unknown although the conditions have been linked to skin complaints such as LICHEN PLANUS and LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS. Cicatricial conditions, once begun, can continue slowly for years, although rarely lead to total baldness. They are uncompromising and difficult to stabilize with treatment, much to a trichologists dismay. If a condition does decide arrest itself, it is usually spontaneous.
    PSEUDOPELADE

    This type is often visually explained as “footprints in the snow”. Small, bald, discoloured patches occur, quite often, throughout the scalp. Most conditions we have examined, the patient usually has enough hair to hide or camouflage the problem. The patches appear very small, smooth, soft, round and slightly depressed actually looking like scars.
    FOLLICULITIS DECALVANS

    This type lends a “moth eaten” appearance and seems to slowly spread out from the middle of the top of the head. It forms larger areas of baldness and affected areas look unnatural – a mottled shiny effect. Patches can spread out to form a larger patch when they meet.
    TRAUMATIC (PHYSICAL) SCARRING
    These complaints are much more frequently seen, the reasons being purely due to external causes, whether known or unbeknown to the patient. There are three main types:
    TRACTIONAL ALOPECIA (MECHANICAL)
    This is caused by continual pulling or stress on the hair. Certain hairstyles, ponytails, plaits, tightly wound rollers, over-vigorous brushing or combing etc, over a period of time, can continually, and sub-consciously, pull hair out. As hair is continuously pulled out of the same follicles, they go into a degenerative state and, eventually, give up hair production. This can cause areas to look thinner.

    Black women tend to suffer the most due to tightly plaited styles and aggressive hairdressing techniques. Also, people who wear their hair back too tightly (air stewardesses) or wear rollers in bed!! Watch out ladies – you’ll have his eye out with a pin!!
    CHEMICAL SCARRING
    More uncommon these days due to the advancement of hair products. Chemical over-processing can cause scalp burn as well as hair breakage. If the burn is severe, it can scar the scalp and hair will not grow in this area. (See also Afro-Caribbean hair section).
    TRICHOTILLOSIS (FORMERLY TRICHOTILLOMANIA)
    This is a form of tractional alopecia. It represents itself as a patchy, balding area caused by an irresistible desire to pull, pluck, tug or twist ones own hair out. It more often relates to adolescent maturing females who usually concentrate on one main patch. This condition is described as an impulse-control disorder.

    Older hairs are easily pulled but newer hairs tend to break near the scalp when tugged so the patches are never usually completely bald.

    Although the area can become quite sore and sensitive, this may not deter the person as they can often begin to enjoy the painful sensation.

    Treatment does help to regrow hairs from follicles that are still alive, but degenerative scarring will take place if the person persists for long periods. If the patient understands this, they will often stop the habit. Although more unusual, eyebrows, eyelashes and some pubic regions can also be affected.

    If you feel you may be suffering with any of the above complaints and wish to find out more about how The Spencer Clinic can help you, simply call us today on 020 7584 4255 or get a Free Online Diagnosis.

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    HAIR MYTHS

    Call today :020 7584 4255 Pull one hair out and grow seven back!!! HAIR APPEARS WHITE OVER NIGHT!! Certainly, some or all o...

    HAIR MYTHS

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    Pull one hair out and grow seven back!!!

    HAIR APPEARS WHITE OVER NIGHT!!
    Certainly, some or all of the head hair could start growing white at the same time, but from the base of the hair folicle. The white hair would then take a month to 6 weeks to appear on the head, and a further two weeks for the white hair to become actually visible. This type of hair event can occur due to a shock or other nervous system related disorder.

    COLD WATER CAN GIVE HAIR MORE SHINE!!
    Possibly, if rinsing a conditioner with cold water, as warmer water will rinse more thoroughly and, therefore, leave less product on the hair.

    HAIR FALLS OUT MORE DUE TO WASHING AND DRYING.
    Not so. Loose hair always comes out more easily when washed and, therefore, gives the appearance of more hair fall than usual – just a disturbing optical illusion!

    CUTTING MAKES HAIR GROW THICKER OR FASTER.
    RHUBARB!! If it were true, those with a hair loss problem would be off to the hairdressers every day!!

    NO CHEMICALS IN PERMS AND COLOURS?
    We must tread a little carefully here. A chemical is necessary to “open” the hair cuticle for the hair to be altered in shape or colour. A colouring product with less or no chemical in it will not be as permanent.

    WASHING HAIR TOO SELDOM OR TOO OFTEN CAUSES MORE HAIR FALL!!

    HAIR LOSS IS NATURAL?
    We all naturally lose some hair every day. However, if more hair fall than usual is noticed, there is always a reason.

    MORE FREQUENT HAIR WASHING CAUSES GREASIER HAIR.
    This is not true. For example, if you were to change your routine from washing hair every day to every other day, the hair will simply appear a little oilier because YOU expect the hair to stay as clean as when you were hair washing daily. Just another optical illusion!

    BRUSHING THE HAIR 100 TIMES EVERY NIGHT WILL IMPROVE THE HAIR GROWTH AND CONDITION.RHUBARB!! – And who can be bothered?

    EATING BREAD CRUSTS WILL MAKE THE HAIR CURLY!!

    Well, what do you think!!!

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    SCALP PROBLEMS

    Call today :020 7584 4255 When people say they have a “dry scalp”, they are often referring to a dandruff complaint. Most p...

    SCALP PROBLEMS

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    When people say they have a “dry scalp”, they are often referring to a dandruff complaint. Most people are not aware that there are different types of dandruff. The scalp can be oily or dry depending on the activity of the sebaceous glands that produce a skin lubricating oil called sebum. Over-activity will cause an oily complaint and vice versa.

    THE COMMON DANDRUFFS

    The common dandruffs known as Pityriasis are usually non-inflammatory and can be either temporary or long-lasting depending on the severity and cause. Pityriasis can be caused by the imbalance of physical well-being, the nervous system, bacterial infection, medication, nutrition, climate and, quite commonly, lack of correct hair and scalp care. Most conditions can be minimised or cured. Medicated anti-dandruff shampoos, hydrocortizone (steroid-based) scalp lotions etc, act only as temporary, short-term treatments and, due to the strong active medication used in these products, further aggravation of the scalp can often be experienced, leading to a more sensitive, sore, red and, eventually, even flakier scalp condition.

    ECZEMA/SEBORHEIC DERMATITIS

    This is often a chronic or long-lasting scalp/skin complaint and can have a similar appearance to Psoriasis (see below). It shows itself as a thick, tight, yellowy scalp scale, often with a red base. It can cause irritation. It is considered to be incurable. However, as this is one of the most common types of scalp problems we treat, we are able to reduce, contain and control as well as soothe and desensitise the scalp. On a number of occasions, we have cured.

    PITYRIASIS STEATOIDES

    This is an oily, yellowy, large flaky complaint. The eyebrows and chest areas can also be affected. Due to excessive skin cell production, the condition forms a mixture of loose and attached layers of dead skin cells. The scalp can be quite sensitive and itchy as well as a reddened appearance. Possible causes can include: • Bacterial • Nervous system reaction • Allergies • Over-active sebaceous glands • Wrong hair and scalp care The front hairline and the flush facial areas can also appear red. This complaint can be treated and often cured. The correct home products are essential.

    PITYRIASIS SICCA

    A dry, white, powdery flaky condition on the scalp and hair. Looks a little like washing powder has been sprinkled over the head! Apart from one of the main causes being under-active sebaceous glands, this condition follows the same other possible causes and treatment results as Pityriasis Steatoides

    SEBORHOEA

    An excessively oily scalp due to over-active sebaceous glands. Can be improved with correct products and washing techniques. We manufacture a shampoo specifically designed to help this.

    PRURITIS

    Simply,an intense scalp irritation. Although it is most often experienced with a flaky scalp complaint, one can still suffer, even with a ‘flake-free’ scalp. One must then consider causes such as skin sensitivity or hyper-sensitive nerve endings in the scalp. The scalp can also be painful, tender and sore. Some of our products are specifically designed to help soothe and reduce the above scalp complaints. Please do take a look at our product page or contact us for further help.

    PSORIASIS

    This is also a chronic (long-lasting) condition of the scalp. It shows itself as thick, dry and tight white flakes, usually on a red, underlying base, either in patches of varying sizes or covering most/all of the scalp depending on the severity. It can overlap the forehead and neck and manifest behind the ears. The condition can be so thickly layered upon itself as to affect hair growth. It can be very itchy and bleed if picked or scratched. Lesions of psoriasis can be found on parts of the body including knees, elbows and back. The condition can also affect the fingernails, which may have a pitted or flaky appearance. Similar to Eczema, Psoriasis can genetically inherited or self squired through the nervous system. Both are not infectious or contagious.

    If you feel you may be suffering with any of the complaints listed on this page and wish to find out more about how The Spencer Clinic can help you, simply call us today on 020 7584 4255 or get a Free Online Diagnosis.

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    AFRO HAIR PROBLEMS

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    AFRO HAIR CARE _ Afro-Caribbean hair is essentially, tight, curly ...

    AFRO HAIR PROBLEMS

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    AFRO HAIR CARE
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    Afro-Caribbean hair is essentially, tight, curly or wavy hair that, due to the outer layers (cuticles) being naturally frayed out and not lying down flat against the hair, causes the hair to have a duller, more lack lustre appearance than European (Caucasian) hair.

    This is simply because black hair will absorb light instead of reflecting it. There are around seven to eleven cuticle layers on Afro hair making it very resistant to chemical processing techniques.

    The next layer of a hair is called the Cortex. This is flat and weak in Afro hair therefore having little resistance to chemicals. This is why Afro hair is so easily and so often damaged by chemical abuse. Strong chemicals are needed to penetrate the cuticle layers, which are then too strong for the Cortex.

    African Caribbean hair can lack the ability to absorb moisture and appreciates the regular application of conditioners/masks etc.

    Due to the necessary abundant use of hair products to black hair, a good shampooing technique is essential. One should endeavour to cleanse the scalp and hair of all debris and product build up whilst attempting not to strip the hair of natural oils and moisture. It is also most important to use the correct products, in the right way and at the right times.

    PROBLEMS RELATED TO BLACK HAIR
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    TRACTIONAL ALOPECIA
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    Black hair tends to suffer a lot more than European hair with this complaint. A loss of hair is experienced due to the continual pulling or tugging of the hair by mechanical means (see other forms of hair loss section). When hair is continually pulled out in a particular area, the follicle can slowly degenerate and eventually give up any further growth if it becomes too scarred.
    Some of the different causes of Tractional Alopecia in black hair are:

    Ponytails, braids, hairpieces, hair weaves, hair extensions, plaits, cane rows, bonding, hot combing etc.
    Certain areas of thinning hair will be seen after a while in places like the crown, top and frontal areas. The scalp can also become quite tender and sore.

    TRACTIONAL FOLLICULITIS
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    This can be a flaky or pustular (spotty) condition that is mainly caused by tight braiding. It is a non-bacterial complaint.

    FOLLICULITIS
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    This is a bacterial infection of the hair follicles caused by the formation of curved follicles allowing the possibility for the hair to grow back on itself, re-entering the skin, resulting in inflammation and possible scarring (keloids).

    This condition can also be caused by extreme and regular clipper use or shaving.

    CICATRICIAL ALOPECIA (A NATURAL SCARRING OF THE SCALP)
    CENTRAL CENTIRFUGAL CICATRICIAL ALOPECIA
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    Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia is a condition that presents itself, more often than not to the black community, as a loss of hair over a flesh colored area, overtly non inflammatory (i.e. you can’t see any inflammation just by looking at the skin) mostly over the central scalp area, which enlarges centrifugally as the condition progresses.

    Essentially, this is a natural occurring complaint which completely destroys the hair follicle and replaces it with scar tissue, causing permanent hair loss. This simply means that specific areas of the scalp suffer an atrophy of the skin causing a slow, degenerating process eventually taking on a scarred appearance.

    A natural degeneration of the skin tissue will automatically affect the hair follicles within the tissue, causing initial hair loss and eventual permanent hair loss due to the complete break down of the skin tissue and follicle in the affected area(s).

    It is still a rarer complaint in comparison to other more common conditions of hair loss, but the number of sufferers with CCCA whom we have consulted, has most certainly risen over the past 5 – 10 years.

    Europeans can suffer with a similar complaint but with slightly different clinical features.

    Presently, there is still no known specific reason as to why this condition occurs. There may be a hereditary component to the condition and, for some black women, a combination of hair care practices might contribute to further aggravate the condition, but there is no connection to any physical or nervous health issues, hormonal imbalances, diet etc.

    Of course, to the untrained eye, CCCA can appear to look like other similarly looking types of hair loss including Genetical Alopecia, Tractional Alopecia and Alopecia Areata. Therefore, misdiagnosis will not only be very distressing to the recipient but also, being misinformed, can delay the correct treatment of a complaint, causing further possible hair loss.

    For any of the above complaints (including CCCA), we administer a deep, stimulative external therapy to the scalp here at our clinic. This increases the blood supply (hyperaemia) to the hair follicles and encourages a follicle to repair (if still alive), strengthen, and promote regrowth.

    Permanently damaged or degenerated hair follicles will not have the ability to produce any further hair, but with most sufferers of hair loss conditions, we are able to help slow down, control and maintain an ongoing complaint.

    Specifically, with CCCA, whilst hair regrowth is not often possible, we have been very successful in slowing down and containing the condition. People are generally much happier to keep their hair for a much longer term. Some of our long standing, long term sufferers have seen very little further loss over the years due to our therapy.

    We have been treating patients with this problem for many years now and those who are fairly consistent with some form of stimulative therapy (whether here at our clinic or/and combined with home use products), appear to maintain a better head of hair.

    There is another complaint under the same cicatricial heading known as Frontal Fibrosing Cicatricial Alopecia. This affects mainly the front hairline only.
    Any of the above ‘Alopecias’ are devastating conditions for anyone, irrespective of the cause. Hair loss effects self-esteem, social interactions and relationships, and early diagnosis and prevention of complaint progress are crucial to the wellbeing of the patient.

    Be aware!! There are a number of so-called hair clinics that may promise to do more than they are truly able. Their aim is to offer you false hope at a price. Remember, scar tissue will NOT grow hair so please be careful.

    Here at The Spencer Clinic, we have been examining, diagnosing and treating all complaints and conditions associated with black hair and scalp for over 20 years and are proud of the experience and knowledge we have been able to offer over that time.

    We are one of the highest authorities in Europe dealing with all matters concerning black hair and our expert, Samantha Stewart, regularly appears on a very popular black web site called blackukonline.com.

    She is a specialist in this field and, due to demand, is incredibly busy relaxing, perming and colouring, slowly repairing the hair damage caused by other salons.

    If you feel you may be suffering with one of the above complaints and wish to find out more about how The Spencer Clinic can help you, simply call us today on 020 7584 4255 or get a Free Online Diagnosis.

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    AFRO HAIR GALLERY

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    AFRO HAIR GALLERY

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    The above gallery depicts the different stages of a chemical relaxing process administered by Samantha, our Afro Caribbean hair specialist

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    AFRO HAIR MYTHS

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    PUTTING HAIR AWAY FOR WINTER _ Why? This is just not necessary. ...

    AFRO HAIR MYTHS

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    PUTTING HAIR AWAY FOR WINTER
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    Why? This is just not necessary. Simply make sure your hair care regime takes into account the changeable temperatures i.e. heavier products such as creams and butters as opposed to light-weight moisturisers.

    WEAVES AND BRAIDS HELP YOUR HAIR TO GROW
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    This is one of the biggest myths. If anything, these hairstyles cause more damage to the hair. The only reason hair appears to have grown is because it is unseen for the time the hair is put away.

    DON’T WASH THE HAIR TOO OFTEN
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    This was true 20 years ago as shampoos were very harsh and would ‘strip’ the hair, but the advancements in shampoo formulae enables Afro hair to be washed more often without being stripped of its natural oils .

    RELAX HAIR EVERY 4-6 WEEKS
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    This is probably the worst advice to be given. It should be every 12 weeks. Otherwise, regrowth will be minimal and the result will be maximum breakage.

    AFRO HAIR IS VERY STRONG
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    Continuing from above, the problem with Afro hair is that it has many more layers of the outer cuticle. The chemicals for relaxing etc have to be very strong to penetrate these layers. However, the inner layer, or cortex, is extremely weak, so it is very important, when carrying out chemical procedures to not overlap or exceed the recommended time guild lines. These are in place for a reason.

    NATURAL HAIR IS HEALTHIER THAN RELAXED HAIR
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    This is not always the case. What happens quite often with natural hair is, the hair care regime is ‘given up’. Women are often led to believe the hair is in good shape because it is natural. If anything, the hair requires even more looking after as Afro hair, in its natural state, is very porous, the cuticle layers are naturally open and will absorb moisture from the atmosphere. This is very damaging and will cause the hair to weaken.

    WHICH IS HEALTHIER?
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    Both can be equally healthy if the correct time, care and procedures are adhered to.

    REPAIRING SPLIT ENDS
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    Split ends are not repairable. One can temporarily ‘mend’ them but they will never be repaired. The only way to get rid of them is to trim the ends of the hair. If they’re not trimmed, the split ends will travel further up the hair shaft and necessitate cutting the hair shorter than desired.

    YOU MUST GREASE YOUR SCALP EVERY DAY
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    This is not necessarily true. It all depends on the scalp condition.

    Although some people’s scalp is naturally dry and requires the application of oil after a wash, this can cause a scalp to become itchy and flaky.

    This is due to a ‘build up’ of products applied to the scalp as well as the length of time between washing.

    If a scalp is to be greased, it is advisable to stick to natural products that are easily absorbed into the scalp. Shea butter base and natural cold pressed oils are best.

    HERE ENDETH THE LESSON!
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    Please do not hesitate to contact us for more info if required. You are welcome to call us on 020 7584 4255 to discuss your hair needs further.

    Regd member of The Inst of Trichologists

Meet the team

Richard Spencer

Managing Director and Principal Consultant

Richard Spencer became a qualified consultant and registered member of the institute of trichologists (M.I.T.) in 1981 and took over the practice in 1983, forming “The Spencer Clinic of Trichology Ltd". His knowledge, leadership and experience enhances his all-round ability to perform and practise to the highest standards.

Meet the team

Richard Spencer

Managing Director and Principal Consultant

Richard Spencer became a qualified consultant and registered member of the institute of trichologists (M.I.T.) in 1981 and took over the practice in 1983, forming “The Spencer Clinic of Trichology Ltd". His knowledge, leadership and experience enhances his all-round ability to perform and practise to the highest standards.

Samantha Stewart

creative director

Samantha is the creative director at the Spencer Clinic. After completing college qualifications, she began strict, supervised training here over 20 years ago and qualified within our in-house consultancy training course. Samantha is a true and very commited professional,  highly respected by our clientele and the other team members.
Besides her trichological expertise, she also specialises in problems relating to Afro Caribbean hair as well as being able to offer expert quality black hairdressing. She has become a real guru on Afro-Caribbean hair care and products, often co-writing, with Richard, the many articles featured in Black Beauty and Hair magazine.

Meet the team

Samantha Stewart

creative director

Samantha is the creative director at the Spencer Clinic. After completing college qualifications, she began strict, supervised training here over 20 years ago and qualified within our in-house consultancy training course. Samantha is a true and very commited professional,  highly respected by our clientele and the other team members. Besides her trichological expertise, she also specialises ...

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Leti Mustafa

tricho- therapist

Leti is a tricho- therapist and has been with us for over fifteen years. She puts her everything into each and every treatment she administers and has a very dedicated clientele. Her warmth and care is always beyond the call of duty.

Meet the team

Leti Mustafa

tricho- therapist

Leti is a tricho- therapist and has been with us for over fifteen years. She puts her everything into each and every treatment she administers and has a very dedicated clientele. Her warmth and care is always beyond the call of duty.

Case Studies

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VICTORIA P

VICTORIA P

Having had a very itchy and flaky head for years and been continually misdiagnosed by doctors and dermatologists, to finally get some relief from you guys without the use of medicated products is really fantastic.

I am brave enough to wear dark clothes again!!

Best wishes to you all

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SAMANTHA J

SAMANTHA J

“I have suffered with a gradual hair thinning condition for some years.

Thanks to Richard Spencer and the team at The Spencer Clinic, my complaint has slowed considerably and appears to be under control.

I am now happier and more confident”

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CAROLINE W

CAROLINE W

“I had been suffering with hair fall for over a year before I found and contacted The Spencer Clinic.

I was nervous to make the call, but due to their genuine understanding, sympathy and reassurance over the phone, I decided to pay them a visit.

Their treatment and care was exceptional and over a period of about three months, my hair stopped falling out and began regrowing.

My heartfelt thanks to Richard and the gang”

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JAMES D

JAMES D

“I have suffered with the male pattern hair loss problem for a few years and been to see a few so-called Trichologists. The problem continued to worsen until I managed to find you guys. Just wanted to say huge thanks for keeping my hair where it should be and slowing the problem down.

Cheers!! Truly grateful